BSB seeks new chair

The Bar Standards Board is to seek a new chair to take office when the current chair, Sir Andrew Burns, steps down in December. He joined the BSB in January 2015, after a diplomatic career. read more

Practice declarations

Barristers will have to tell the regulator the areas of law in which they practice and the portion of income derived from each area, under proposals being consulted on by the Bar Standards Board... read more

Parental leave to be compulsory

Chambers will be required to allow all self-employed barristers to take parental leave once rule changes are approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB). read more

Bar chiefs call for urgent action to increase judicial diversity

There is an ‘urgent need’ for positive action to increase the number of women and ethnic minority lawyers on the bench, the Bar Council said after statistics revealed a ‘serious problem’ with... read more

Fourth non-lawyer Lord Chancellor and second within 12 months

The Prime Minister appointed David Lidington as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in a mini-reshuffle that followed the snap election. read more

In-court McKenzie Friends are ‘tip of the iceberg’

The use of McKenzie Friends is greater than had been thought, according to research showing that the bulk of their work is done outside court read more

Put a limit on court sitting times, says Bar

The Bar Council has advised against extended court sittings, as a petition rejecting the government’s proposals garners more than 4,200 signatories. read more

Inns moot law school

The Inns of Court could become home to a law school again The Council of the Inns of Court has begun a feasibility study and advertised for a project manager, in a bid to cut training costs. read more

Verdict on retired judge

A coroner ruled that Sir Nicholas Wall, a former president of the Family Division who died in February, committed suicide. The inquest heard that Sir Nicholas, 71, had ‘lost the will to live’ after... read more

Leigh Day lawyers cleared

Renowned human rights law firm and three of its lawyers have been cleared of all 20 charges they faced before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. read more